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July / August 2016

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Higher Education Issue: How Do I Go Back to School?

He was bartending, when a customer ordering a drink suggested he should consider going back to school.

Colin OShea, a former Chinook pilot, CW2 and an Iraq-Afghanistan veteran, had been out of the Army since early 2014. He’d already coasted through sales and insurance jobs. The bartending gig was a stop-gap.

But school? He wanted to go but wasn’t even sure where to begin, much less what he wanted to study. That’s when the guy at the bar suggested his alma mater - Morningside - a liberal arts college in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Medal of Honor Recipient Excels in Civilian Job and as an Author

Tucked in the steep Kamdesh river valley of eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. Army’s Combat Outpost Keating provided soldiers with none of the comforts of home. But it was their duty to defend the isolated terrain as if it were their own, and on the morning of Oct. 3, 2009, they did just that.

The actions of Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha that fateful day earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.

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Spouse Series: No More Excuses
It doesn’t take an advanced degree to understand that the pursuit of higher education can lead to bigger paychecks, expanded employment opportunities and elevated levels of self-actualization.

Despite those promising outcomes, the same tired old excuses often get in the way of earning an advanced degree, acquiring a professional certification or even simply learning a new skill set for whatever reason tickles one’s fancy. Let’s change that, shall we?

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The Top 40 Under 40 Military Program is Seeking More Top Performers
Are you a top military-experienced performer in your branch of military service, in your civilian career and/or in the community at large? Do you know someone who is? presents the opportunity for outstanding service members to be recognized through its seventh annual Top 40 Under 40 Military program.

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Transition Talk

Bradley-Morris answers questions from transitioning military job seekers.

Q: As with many of my peers, I’ve been somewhat active on social media during my time in service. But as I approach my transition, it’s clear that it’s something I should be paying more attention to, especially as it relates to my job search. Can you give me some guidance on LinkedIn especially and how to use it? Plus, what are the privacy issues I am also hearing about?

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March 2 Success with the U.S. Army
The U.S. Army has a desire to help shape the future of America’s youth through programs such as March 2 Success (M2S) (, which was created to assist in improving performance on not only the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), but also the SAT and ACT exams for students preparing for college immediately after high school.

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5 Ways to Pay for School
Congratulations, you’ve decided to go back to school! Your next thought: How am I going to pay for this? While getting a degree can be very expensive due to rising tuition costs and the time you will be taking away from work, there are steps you can take to mitigate these costs. Before we can work through the various ways to pay for school and decrease out of pocket expenses, it’s important to come up with a plan.

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Higher Education Opportunities at UMUC
“Military-friendly” means many things to different members of the military, their spouses and dependents. But when you’re shopping for a university or college, be aware that it encompasses much more than awarding credit for your military experience. It’s also about “providing an educational experience that will accelerate your career and providing support services to assist along that journey,” says Jim Cronin, VP of Military Operations at University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD.

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You’re Serious About Your Goals, We’re Determined to Help You Reach Them

You have the courage to fight for your goals, and DeVry University supports your hard work to reach them. It is our honor to serve America’s military personnel and educate the veteran community. DeVry University has a long history of helping current and former members of the U.S. military reach their higher education goals.

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Military Leadership in Action: A Q&A with CEO Jerry Ashcroft
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with military-experienced executive Jerry Ashcroft who was recently selected to be the Chief Executive Officer of an iconic oil and gas industry brand. Mr. Ashcroft was a decorated Major in the United States Marine Corps. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy and his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

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Student Veterans of America: A Good Resource for Your College Career
Iliana Smiley, a former Army Reserves Specialist, found herself commuting up to an hour-and-a-half to Texas Woman’s University four days a week. As an off-campus student, she had nowhere to go to study in between classes on extended days. That may not sound like a big deal to some people, but for Smiley, that inconvenience could have severely hampered her ability to do well in school.

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The Education of Self
Welcome to the July/August edition of Military Transition News, featuring Education as the central theme. Although this issue focuses on the importance of your academic profile and the need to apply it to your search or supplement it before that search begins, I will veer off that course in this column and approach education from a slightly different angle.

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